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ISBN 9781439861592
Published October 24, 2012 by CRC Press
195 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

We live in an age of electronic interconnectivity, with co-workers across the hall and across the ocean, and managing meetings can be a challenge across multiple time zones and cultures. This makes documenting your projects more important than ever. In Technical Documentation and Process, Jerry Whitaker and Bob Mancini provide the background and structure to help you document your projects more effectively.

With more than 60 years of combined experience in successfully documenting complex engineering projects, the authors guide you in developing appropriate process and documentation tools that address the particular needs of your organization.

Features

  • Strategies for documenting a project, product, or facility
  • A sample style guide template—the foundation on which you can build documents of various types
  • A selection of document templates
  • Ideas for managing complex processes and improving competitiveness using systems engineering and concurrent engineering practices
  • Basic writing standards and helpful references
  • Major considerations for disaster planning
  • Discussion of standardization to show how it can help reduce costs
  • Helpful tips to manage remote meetings and other communications
  • First-hand examples from the authors’ own experience

Throughout, the authors offer practical guidelines, suggestions, and lessons that can be applied across a wide variety of project types and organizational structures. Comprehensive yet to the point, this book helps you define the process, document the plan, and manage your projects more confidently.

Table of Contents

Overview
Introduction
Plan for Success
Elements of Process
Putting It All Together

Documentation Strategies
Introduction
Documentation Tools
Specifications
Bibliography

Developing a Style Guide
Introduction
General Structure of Documents
Document Creation and Editing
Corporate Identity
Reference Books
References

Meetings
Introduction
Organization
Decision-Making
It’s All about Leadership
References

Systems Engineering
Introduction
Systems Theory
Phases of a Typical System Design Project
Program Management
Bibliography

Concurrent Engineering
Introduction
Overview
The Process View of Production
References

Disaster Planning and Recovery
Introduction
Emergency Management
Managing Fear
References

Standards and Reference Data
Introduction
Principal Standards Organizations
Tabular Data
References
Bibliography

Document Templates

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Jerry C. Whitaker is the vice president of standards development at the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC). He has been involved in various aspects of the electronics industry for more than 30 years, with specialization in communications. His CRC Press books include:

Robert K. Mancini is president of Mancini Enterprises, LLC, a business consulting, estate planning, and educational services corporation based in California. He has been involved in programming, product management, technical writing, sales/product training, and marketing in the software and aerospace industries for more than 30 years. His authored projects include:

  • Image Focus manuals, marketing, and training materials, NewEra Software
  • DSSI product marketing materials, Allen Systems Group
  • PRO/JCL manuals, marketing, and training materials, Diversified Software
  • DOCU/TEXT manuals, marketing, and training materials, Diversified Software
  • JOB/SCAN manuals, marketing, and training materials, Diversified Software
  • INFO/X manuals, marketing, and training materials, Diversified Software

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Reviews

"This is a great resource for those starting projects to ensure the details are supported and complete. The insights and direction found in this resource provide time and labor-saving counsel that are well worth consideration and application."
—Dr. Rick Bee, Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA